This is the Big Band Masada project you’ve been waiting for. Led by composers Sam Eastmond and Nikki Franklin, The SPIKE Orchestra is a large ensemble that draws on a wide range of influences including Duke Ellington, Frank Zappa, Carl Stalling, Zorn and more. Melding jazz, rock, klezmer, cartoon and the avant-garde into a compelling and cohesive vision, this new Angels installment is one of the most imaginative and manic masterpieces in the whole series. An outrageous and explosive swinger that will thrill even the most hardened skeptic. Essential.
Inspired both conceptually and aesthetically by the bootlegs of yore, the very authorized and very corporate Trademark of Quality promo release assembles 18 previously unissued cuts from the then-current Warner/Reprise roster; designed as an instant collector's item, the cover warns retailers and journalists, "When you see it a few years from now, propped up behind the register of your favorite used record store, selling for some obscenely high price, you'll wish you'd kept it…and probably not just because of its resale value," and, hyperbole aside, it's well-worth owning even beyond its Holy Grail status. Several of the tracks – American Music Club's haunting "Love Connection N.Y.C.," the Poster Children's cover of Bob Dylan's "Isis," the Muffs' incendiary "Lucky Guy," and John Wesley Harding's autumnal "Your New Clothes" among them – rank alongside their creators' very strongest work.